Current Board of Trustees
Sheila Bourque – President
Originally from the Boston area I have returned to New England after a 40 year career in Chicago. With a BA in Urban Studies and a MA in Public Administration I spent my career in Higher Education financing with colleges and the State of Illinois. My experience includes management positions in Human Resources, Data Processing and Strategic Planning. I finished the last ten years of my career as a Chief Information Officer with $6 million dollar budget, 175 employees; systems development and processing responsible for in excess of $3 billion of loans, grants, scholarships and secondary market assets; and a technology network that spanned three cities serving 500 employees. I joined the RVL Board as Treasurer to lend my skills to an important community resource. My very first job was shelving books in the Wakefield Public Library when I was 14 years old. Public libraries have always been an important part of my life.
Paul Cullinan – Vice President
My name is Paul Cullinan and my wife and I have been Raymond residents since 2009. After growing up in South Portland, I left home to obtain degrees from the University of Maine at Orono and Syracuse University. After teaching economics for a year at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., I moved to Washington, D.C and began working as a policy analyst for the Social Security Administration. In 1981, I joined the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) where, for the next 26 years, I undertook a number of roles including policy analyst for income security programs, budget analyst for the Social Security retirement and disability programs, and chief for the cost estimating unit covering income security and social services functions. I retired from CBO in 2007 and spent a year and a half at the Brookings Institution studying and writing on federal budget issues. I have been volunteering at the Raymond Village Library (RVL) since 2010, and decided to join the RVL Board of Directors to deepen my commitment to an extremely vital element of our community.
Leigh Walker – Treasurer
My Name is Leigh Walker and I moved to Raymond in 2000 with my husband, Brian, and our two daughters. I grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics. Since moving to Raymond, I have volunteered as PTO president and as Treasurer of both the Raymond Village Community Church and Raymond Rec. I have previously served on the board of the Raymond Village Library and currently I am the coordinator for the Raymond Community Garden. I re-joined the Library board in June of 2016 and look forward to working with our new director, Allison, and our wonderful volunteers and staff.
Janet Walker – Secretary
I retired to Maine in 2011 after living and working in Illinois for over 35 years. Most of my professional career was the design and development of information systems for various companies in the Chicago area. I was also involved in community theater for over 20 years as an actor, sound technician and Board member. My education includes a BA in sociology from Lipscomb University as well as graduate studies at the University of Kansas. One of the first places I visited after moving to Raymond was the library. It is now my pleasure to serve the community if Raymond as a Trustee.
I’m Kimberly Allen, originally from Bucksport, Maine and have been living in Raymond for 3 years. I graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Exercise Physiology and worked for many years in healthcare. I then received my Masters from New England College in Non-Profit Management and have been involved with a number of non-profits in Maine. Currently, I am the Director of Fiddlehead Art and Science Center in Gray. My love for libraries started when I was very young and it is still one of my favorite spots. The library is one of the first places I visit whenever I move and the Raymond library is by far one of the friendliest and welcoming to a new patron. For this reason and more I decided to join the Trustees and support the library.
My entire professional career was involved with reading and literacy. For twelve years I taught middle school English language arts in seacoast New Hampshire. I went on to be an elementary school principal for fifteen years in three different towns. In 2000, I began consulting for a large national non-profit educational consulting firm. My areas of concentration were classroom assessment, using data for decision-making, instruction and developing standards-based curriculum. I worked with state departments of education in New Mexico, Indiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. I worked with both small and large school systems all over New England and in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina. I retired in 2014.
My wife, Jill, and I grew up in the Midwest, and moved to New England in the early 1970’s. We purchased land on Panther Pond in the early 1990’s and built our home in 1998. I joined the Board of trustees in October 2017. I have been an avid reader my whole life and am excited to be able to help further the goals of this vital community resource.
Growing up in Portland, ME I enjoyed summer vacation weeks on the South Shore of Panther Pond. First visit to the Library: Mother walked me to the small building behind RVCC to get books in case it rained. My family acquired property in Raymond in the 1950’s & made it our home in 1964.
I studied Engineering and Economics at Brown University receiving ScB & AB degrees from its School of Engineering. I then worked at IBM (Poughkeepsie, NY) as an Associate Systems Quality Engineer.
In 1971, I moved to Gorham, ME and began my career in consulting engineering as a Systems Programmer first, then in Process Control design. Included Field Engineer assignments during construction and startup activities. As a Construction Manager – administered contracts, supervised field personnel & quality assurance testing. Later served as Manager of Electrical and Process Control Departments supervising seven engineers and designers. Prepared scope & budget documents and provided technical overview. As Project Manager coordinated projects and guided several capital appropriation & feasibility studies through design and construction. Joined York Consultants in 1996 and continued to service established customer relationships.
At the library my focus has been, and will continue to be facilities maintenance.